Challenging but these trainees back tuition
TODAY’S crop of trainee teachers agree that their courses have been tough at times, but all describe their journey as rewarding.
27, currently in his probationary year teaching physical education at a secondary school in Ayrshire, described the first year of his postgraduate diploma at the University of the West of Scotland as “so beneficial”.
“Of course the profession is tough and it will not suit everyone, but I enjoyed the challenges and it was so rewarding.The quality of the course was exceptional and I got a huge amount of support from the university.
“I was 26 when I started the course and I had a bit of life experience behind me so I felt ready to start my school placements. That was where I really started to learn.
“Teaching is never going to be a course that everyone completes the first time because it is challenging, but the university could not have been more helpful and supportive in the way they dealt with us.” Probationer 27, who studied a postgraduate in primary teaching at Glasgow University and is also now in her probationary year at a primary school in Fife, said from time to time during the first year of her course she questioned whether she was cut out for teaching. “The postgraduate course load is heavy and it was difficult at times, but by the end of the year I was feeling a lot more positive about it and the probation year has been great. “There were some people that dropped out just because it was so challenging and I think it would be difficult with family commitments. Looking at it now from the point of view of being a classroom teacher I can see why that first year is so intensive because it is like that in the classroom.
It is not for everyone.”
25, from Paisley, has taken a different route into the profession and is studying a two-year Masters degree at Edinburgh University, which gives her extra time.
“Now I am in the second year of my course I feel, since September, that I have definitely grown as a teacher and am now making connections myself between what I have been taught and what I experience in the classroom. Last year it was more the case that my tutors were pointing me in that direction.
“The two years has been really necessary for me to do that. It has allowed me to ensure I can provide evidence I can meet all the standards for registration.
“The course is pressurised because it is at Masters levels and I have a lot of assignments, but spreading it over the two years has been really valuable. I am excited for the future.”
Ryan Gilmour has praise for the help he has been getting, while Victoria Fleming, below, says she is excited about the future